Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Tiddly Cootie Catcher

Before I get to the Challenge, one side note: please consider joining us in donating a card for our dear Meredith's family friend, Ryan, who was seriously injured recently. You can read Meredith's post HERE, or click on the top sidebar badge to see how this wonderful crafting community is lending their support.

My 5 year old daughter made a darling little Cootie Catcher two weeks ago at one of her afternoon Library classes. I knew we had this upcoming Tiddly Challenge - Inch My Way Along # 62; to create small things for the small ones in our life and be inspired by Inchie Arts which can be found here. I thought the Cootie Catcher could be just the right ticket - yes pun intended. Don't forget to hop over to the Challenge Blog and check out the other AWESOME projects by my fellow Tiddly Inkers. How can you not be inspired by all their amazing creations. Plus Christy Croll has the cutest "teacher's first aid kit" freebie for you over at the Tiddly Inks blog.

I thought to myself, there is no need to re-invent the wheel. Some one out there must have made a Cootie Catcher template. Sure enough I found one on a "Do It Yourself - Wedding" site, which forwarded me to a Teacher Learning Resource site. This template is amazing and Sooo easy. All you have to do is remove their wording or images and drop in your own. How simple! All the formatting is done for you. It's a Power Point template from GailLovely.com.

My kids have been having so much fun with the Library Cootie Catcher that I just HAD to make a Tiddly one for each of them.

I coloured my Tiddly - Tickettomylife (Boys & Girls) in Copics with the corresponding colours after changing the "life" in PS. I have to admit, colouring these little images was a bit tricky since they are less than 1.5 inches high *sigh* so I definitely got the TINY bit correct.

I also scanned both catchers before I folded them to see how they would work out for mass production. I thought they could make a fun party favor.

Here's a tutorial on how to fold your Cootie Catcher. One hint though, for the first step: I DID NOT extend the crease the whole way over the square, just in the middle. so as to not crease over my coloured Tiddly images. This crease is mostly used to find the center mark for the next fold, so you don't need to fold all the way to the edges.

I thought this could be a clever and unusual submission for any CAS or Single Layered card challenge.

Here is the challenges I have submitted for:
Less is More - Single Layer Card week 28 (It's one layer - folded several times, lots of white spaces, clean lines, no embelishment and was TRES easy I didn't make the template. It's just 4 small coloured images.)
Cute Card Thursday - CAS #177
Craft Us Crazy - Anything Goes #14
Allsorts - Anything, BUT a card week 116

Thanks for stopping by and have a fantastic day!


Loopylou. said...

morning stephanie!! oh this is just way too adorable hun!! thank you for the linkies because i am sure mo and i will have to make one!! love it!! hugs Lou xxx

CraftyMomOf2 said...

Oooooooooooo!! Stephanie!!! This seriously made me giggle!!! LOVE IT!! Such a fantastic idea! Your blog looks beautiful and thank you for posting the blinkie about Ryan =)


Mandi said...

It IS one layer and IS using ink, what ca I say!
Fantastic colouring
Looks like this will keep the youngsters highly amused

Thanks so much
Diva LIm
"Less is More"

DonnaMundinger said...

OMG!!!! I made these when I was a kid, so that gives you an idea how long they've been around (since dinosaurs roamed the earth. LOL) But this is about the cutest, most creative thing I've EVER SEEN with the adorable Tiddly Images! I just LOVE this, Steph! You rock! xxD

massofhair said...

Fantastic idea for a one layer challenge! Think this is a winner as it is so clever and different. Love your inspiration, thank you:-)

Dilsaver Designs said...

That is amazing how you took the time to figured out the layout, so incredibly cute and and so completely adorable. Love it and well worth the time you put into it :)

Chrissie said...

What a very novel entry to our challenge at "Less is More"!
I remember loving these when I was a child and the children I taught over many years loved them too. Yours is a very superior model however!
Thanks so much for joining us.. I hope you'll join us again next time.
Lady LIM
"Less is More"

Suze Bain said...

We used to have great fun making up naught sayings for the inside! Your colouring is fabulous! xx

Larissa said...

Wow Stephanie this is so fabulous! I love to play with these when I was a child, but yours is looking so much better than mine from then.



This is fabulous, and the images are perfectly coloured. We used to make these when I was at school (hundreds of years ago)!! I think they were called Fortune Tellers - great fun!
Sylvia x

Marlena Peduzzi said...

Can I tell you I LOVE, LOVE this! What a fabulous idea! I never would have thought of anything this cool!

For my project I made the template for the boxes myself. If you send me your e-mail address then I will send you the dimensions I used and where I scored it! My e-mail is marlenaspaperparadise@gmail.com.

Dana said...

Oh my goodness...this is too stinkin' cute!!!

Marlene said...

Oh my gosh, I totally remember cootie catchers!!! This is brilliant! Most innovative idea I've seen in papercrafting history! LOL!! Not even kidding!

Susan said...

I had no idea what they were called, but we did this when I was a child...and we loved it! Thanks for sharing!!

...just Barbara said...

This is so cute!! I love how it turned it out and I want to make some now! :D

brenda said...

Oh my, I remember these when I was at school, great idea for your theme.

Thank you for sharing with us at Allsorts this week and good luck.

B x

Jill said...

I love it!
takes me right back to my childhood :)
Thanks for reminding me :) :)
And thanks for playing along at Allsorts this week and good luck!
Big hugs

Holly said...

Stephanie, this is just adorable and I'll bet it's a big hit with the younger girls! Very clever of you and thanks for passing on the site!

Jeanette (Forest Ranger) A•Muse Consultant #1065 said...

WOW! This is such fun!!! I remember making those when I was a kid, but they were never as pretty as yours is. ;)

Thank you for particpating in the Craft Us Crazy Anything Goes challenge!

Debs said...

Oh I used to love making these when I was a little girl - we had so much fun with them.
This is a fabulous idea and so beautifully coloured.
Thanks for playing along with us at Allsorts this week.
Good luck.
Debs xx

Kathyk said...

What a splendid take on the challenge - you are soooooo creative


Aileen said...

These are lovely and beautifully coloured, brings back memories of playing with these as a child. x

Ellis said...

This is lovely Donna, haven't made one of these since I was a kid! =)
Hugs, Elenor

fatmonica said...

Brilliant!What fabulous colouring.

Renee said...

Amazing!!!! How Tiddly-tastic is this. My girls would love to have one of these. Love it to pieces!!! You really are too clever :)

Cheryl Valadez said...

HAHAHA! I LOVE it!!!! AND it takes me back to grade school when we made these ALL the time! Thank you so much for giving me that nostalgic memory today ;D BTW, "your feet are stinky"...GENIUS!!!! Hugz, Cheryl